Menu
Appointment +(353)-87-295-9662 Location & hours
Tips on improving your health

Is warming up and cooling down a waste of time?

You must have seen athletes warming up before their competitions. Why do they do it? Well, it has multiple benefits. If you have ever struggled with muscle soreness after exercise, maybe it was because you skipped the warm-up.

The warm-up depends on the sport, your ages and level of activity. However, at minimum you need to spend 5 to 10 minutes of activity (longer in winter) involving the muscles you are about to tax in your workout. A warm-up should always begin gently, gradually building up to the level at which you train or play.

So what does a warm-up really do? Well, it raises your body temperature where the warm muscles can be stretched safely. It prepares you for action. It raises your breathing and heart rate, so that your muscles and other organs receive extra oxygen and nutrients to cope with a bout of strenuous work.

When you stretch gently, it makes your muscles more flexible. This prevents muscle injury due to a sudden stress on an unprepared muscle. The slow pace also helps you to concentrate on good form before you actually start exercising.

A warm-up could be a short walk or ride on an exercise bike. Follow up with another 5 to 10 minutes of gentle stretches, keeping within your activity range. Be sure you know how to stretch safely. If you need some help, please contact our friendly staff.

Cooling down after your workout is just as important. Here, you allow your muscles to relax slowly. As the body winds down, the lactic acid which has built up in your muscles dissipates. This makes sure your intense muscular activity doesn’t upset your body’s functioning. Cooling down also helps your mind come back to its normal routine. A few static stretches help your muscles reach their maximum flexibility while they are still warm. They can then relax to their resting length instead of remaining cramped and knotted.

Cooling down can be as simple as continuing to run at a slower pace for another 5 to 10 minutes, or using the exercise bike at walking pace.

A word about stretches might be useful:

  • Never stretch to the point of pain
  • Stretch only after warming up.
  • Stretch actively during the warm-up: do static stretches when you cool down.
  • Stretch all muscles that you intend to work out.
  • Use your breathing to ease your stretching: inhale deeply while getting into position, exhale during the stretch.
  • Stretch slowly and listen to your body.
  • Never bounce or stretch rapidly if you don’t want to hurt your muscles or tendons.
  • Hold your stretch as far and long as your comfort level.

We can teach you to stretch and warm-up safely, and add value to your exercise routine. Get in touch with us if you are planning to start an exercise routine. You’d be amazed what a difference warming up and cooling down can make to your workout.

 

When your physiotherapist needs an X-ray

Physiotherapists are health professionals trained to recognise and treat various conditions that make movement difficult or painful, and restrict your functioning. We use a wide range of skills to restore function to the affected part. They also assess your posture and look for any other issues. They work with you to devise and help in carrying out plans to prevent and correct harmful lifestyle patterns. This could include exercise plans, joint mobilisation and physical treatments like massage.

We are trained to diagnose your condition through careful physical examination. However, physiotherapy may not be not suitable for all conditions. In some situations, we may need X-rays to confirm a diagnosis or to refer you to another professional better qualified to deal with your situation.

 

Quick tip

When you decide to increase the length of your workouts, do so gradually, no more than 10% at any time. Ease your body gently up to the next level and you will reap the rewards without injury.

 

Inspiration

I wouldn't say anything is impossible. I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and put the work and time into it.

~ Michael Phelps

 

 

 

Further reading:

  • Stretching to improve flexibility

    Stretching is a proven way to improve flexibility or range-of-motion; the amount of movement available in a joint.

  • Active Isolated Stretching

    Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a revolutionary form of stretching which gives you strong and flexible muscles without the soreness.

  • Soft tissue injury prevention

    Soft tissue is the name given to muscles, tendons, ligaments and skin. In some cases, a single forceful movement can damage the soft tissue.

  • Exercise programmes

    Exercise is essential to recovery from sports injuries, following surgery, after an acute trauma, in the management of acute and chronic low back pain, neck pain and headaches and in the treatment of arthritis and osteoporosis.

  • The importance of stretching

    Stretching is a part of exercise that is often ignored, by seasoned athletes as well as ordinary people. Eager to begin their workout, they jump right into it without properly stretching.


Disclaimer

We do not warrant or represent that the information in this site is free from errors or omissions or is suitable for your intended use. We recommend that you seek individual advice before acting on any information in this site. We have made every effort to ensure that the information on our website is correct at the time of publication but recommend that you exercise your own skill and care with respect to its use. If you wish to purchase our services, please do not rely solely on the information in this website.

Make an appointment

Put an end to unnecessary pain.

Appointment

Questions?

Call our friendly staff now.

+(353)-87-295-9662

Get free news

Sign up now. No spam.